Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Fay


We're on a first name basis with the storm that decided to set up camp here for all of last week. In fact, any inhabitants of states routinely hit by hurricanes have the honored privilege of leaving off the prefixes of these storms...it's a perk. And by saying "Fay" in any context of conversation for the next few weeks, everyone around will know exactly what you are talking about.

So Fay went directly over us, which was really a good thing because we got a lot less rain than our surrounding compadres due to the large sloooooooow moving eye coming right over us. But we got rain...oh yes, we got LOTS of rain. Enough rain to cause our backyard to fill up with what the girls call "the swimming pool". They love playing in our swimming pool, though we are really having to be extra vigilant of snakes now...wanna move to Florida?

They had a blast playing in the rain and jumping in the puddles and soggy grass. We caught earthworms and rescued pine cones that were destined to the gloomy despair of the street drain. The back side of the storm proved to be the worst for us...producing the highest winds and pouring rain. We lost power once for a while and then it flickered off and on for a few days. We suffered no damage whatsoever, but we had a couple of neighbors who lost medium-sized trees. It is the rain that soaks the ground and then causes the trees to uproot from the wind on the backside of the storm...of at least, that is my semi-expert opinion from living here for 4 years. Take it or leave it.
Don't mind the wedge...the poor child just takes after her mama. This is Em in the "swimming pool".


Next up: skeeter season. All of that free-standing water is a breeding ground for some nice blood-suckers. Really, you wanna move to Florida?
Nathan had his 6 month check-up today, and it went really well. I know that I have said this before, but the Lord has blessed us exponentially with wonderful doctors, nurses, and therapists through this journey with Nathan. Nathan is growing well! He still isn't eating as much as he should, but he is gaining weight nicely so I'm not concerned at this point. Our pediatrician said that we may need a little more OT in the future, but he is okay for the time being.

We had a wonderful heart-to-heart at the appt where we talked about the uncertainty for the future (for anyone, not just for Nathan), and how difficult it is to not be in control of every situation, but how wonderful it is to know that God is still on his throne through every circumstance. He is in complete control. I left the appt uplifted and once again thankful for this dear woman in my family's life.

She also said something that we get a lot, "Gosh, Amber. He looks so great. If you didn't look at his labwork or see the way he breathed or knew about his hypotonia, you wouldn't have any idea that anything was wrong at all." It's true. He looks great! He's happy and joyful and doing things that the average 6 month old is doing, and that is so wonderful to see each and every day. He has another neurology appointment on Thursday. We pray that the neurologist will shed more light into what he thinks Nathan's biochemical and clinical symptoms are pointing towards. I'll update when we know more.

5 comments:

AmyG on August 26, 2008 at 3:51 PM said...

I remember growing up in Florida & playing in the rain. I also remember collecting buckets of toads, after the rain! lol

Glad you didn't suffer a lot of damage & long power outages.

Nathan's onesie is hilarious!

dana on August 26, 2008 at 5:08 PM said...

hey!! your pediatrician quoted ME! all of a sudden, i feel pretty smart... ;)

i'd stop offering open invitations to Florida. that, combined with the pictures of your unbelievably cute kiddos will bring you WAY more visitors than you're prepared for!

thinking good thoughts for the upcoming neuro appt.

xoxo

Katie on August 27, 2008 at 7:59 AM said...

watch out for them gators! :)

So cute... love the one of Nathan below in the tub, too cute!! I hope you frame the one three posts down of Emma with all her curls, I just love that. :)

mollie on August 27, 2008 at 9:28 AM said...

I think we are supposed to get some fay rain today (what's left of it, anyway) lets hope so!
I love the photo of Emma on the roof of the car.

Merrie on August 27, 2008 at 1:22 PM said...

Someone emailed me a quote yesterday that I immediately printed out and hung in my "cube" at work.
'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.'
I appreciated that. Just thought I'd share. Glad your house is fine after Fay!

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